apparent force


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apparent force

[ə′pa·rənt ′fȯrs]
(mechanics)
A force introduced in a relative coordinate system in order that Newton's laws be satisfied in the system; examples are the Coriolis force and the centrifugal force incorporated in gravity.
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No apparent force was needed to open the boots and steal the goods.
A dark-eyed girl draws gleaming candles, floating on a pool of inky water, toward her by apparent force of will; a robed rider bearing a Don Quixote staff suddenly appears above her on his dark steed, then vanishes; two women in flowing harem pants and veils recline voluptuously on the backs of their spectacularly frizzy-maned horses, then suddenly stand with nonchalant ease atop the same galloping mounts; the robed rider chases his huge black horse across the water, then suddenly flees in the opposite direction as the horse chases him.
In orbit, where the apparent force of gravity is only one-millionth as strong as it is on the ground, such distortions disappear.